The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections department, located on level 2 of Goldfarb, houses the gems of the Brandeis library. Special Collections consists of both rare books and original manuscripts. The rare book collection includes incunabula; books published in the 16th - 18th centuries on such subjects as history, English and American literature, philosophy, and Judaica; first and limited editions; and fine press publications. Book collections of note include the Baldwin Shakespeare collection and the McKew-Parr Collection on Magellan and the Age of Discovery. Special Collections also holds literary manuscripts of European and American authors such as John Cheever and Joseph Heller, as well as music collections and photographic collections. In addition, it includes collections of materials on the Spanish Civil War, left- and right-wing movements in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, twentieth-century anti-alien and anti-radical movements in the United States, and Zionism. The department also includes the papers of prominent political figures such as Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Disraeli, and Daniel Webster.
You can search our manuscript collections via the database of electronic finding aids. You can search for rare books in OneSearch, where you can limit by date. Also see Special Collections Spotlight, which provides a close online look at rare and fascinating individual items from the special collections of Brandeis Libraries, including unique manuscripts, rare books, and unusual ephemera. Click on the link from the Archives and Special Collections home page, or go directly to http://brandeisspecialcollections.blogspot.com. Many of the detailed descriptions are written by Brandeis graduate students and faculty.
The Special Collections department is open from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. Please call or email (contact information at right) to make an appointment. We welcome students, faculty members, and outside researchers.
Looking for manuscript collections related to Brandeis University, such as university and student publications, faculty papers, yearbooks, photographs, theses and dissertations, alumni publications and papers, architectural plans, memorabilia, et cetera? Go to the Archival Resources Libguide for help.